Coleman (Julie). A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries

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Titre : A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries
Auteur : Coleman (Julie)
Date : 2004s.
NbEditions: 1
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Mots clés : bibliographie ; ang
Contributeurs : gb

Coleman : A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries

Commentaire général

  1. Etude en plusieurs volumes des dictionnaires d'argot anglophones. Cité dans cette bibliographie des dictionnaires français parce qu'on y rencontre quelques rares passages sur les dictionnaires bilingues pouvant intéresser de loin une bibliographie française (Barrere 1895 par exemple). Pourrait surtout servir à une étude comparée des mouvements argotiques, à l'étude des particularités nationales, etc, ou servir de point de comparaison...
  2. D'après quelques sondages effectués avec Google Livres dans le 3e volume, la recherche semble strictement monocentrée sur le domaine anglophone : Delvau n'apparaît pas, Rigaud non plus, le mot « dictionnaire » se trouve 4 fois, Vidocq n'est cité que dans une référence de Barrère, etc. (gb)

Coleman, A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries, 2004s.

Référence (v1, 2004)

  • 2004 - Julie Coleman. A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries. Volume I : 1567-1784 (Oxford: OUP, 2004)
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Commentaire (v1, 2004)

  1. Présentation libraires : « The first of three volumes (volume 2, 1785-1874, forthcoming in 2005; volume 3, 1874 to present, forthcoming in 2007) comprising a complete history of the recording of English cant and slang - the jargon of sport, trade, and crime - which give unparalleled insights into the history of slang and the people who used it. Provides information on words and their meanings such as 'ziff' (a young thief), 'bundletail' (a short fat or squat lass), and 'arsworm' (a little diminutive fellow). »

Référence (v2, 2005)

  • 2005 - Julie Coleman. A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries. Volume II : 1785-1858 (Oxford: OUP, 2004)
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Commentaire (v2, 2005)

  1. Présentation libraires : « The publication of Francis Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue revolutionized the lexicography of non-standard English. His influence is felt in most of the dictionaries covered in this volume which copy, variously, his carefully documented reliance on written sources, his delighted revelation of first-hand experience of the seedier side of London life, and his word-list. During this period, glossaries of cant are thrown into the shade by dictionaries of slang, which include the language of thieves, but cover a much broader spectrum of non-standard English. While cant represented a practical threat to property and life, slang was a moral threat to the very structure of society. In the 1820s, Pierce Egan's Life in London demonstrated how popular and successful slang literature could be among the masses. This volume also includes the earliest Australian and American slang glossaries, by individuals like James Hardy Vaux (a convict transported three times) and George Matsell (New York's first chief of police). »

Référence (v3, 2008)

  • 2008 - Julie Coleman. A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries. Volume III : 1859-1936. Oxford, Oxford University Press US, 2008. 352 pp. ISBN:9780199549375
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Commentaire (v3, 2008)

  1. Présentation libraire : « This book continues Julie Coleman's acclaimed history of dictionaries of English slang and cant. It describes the increasingly systematic and scholarly way in which such terms were recorded and classified in the UK, the USA, Australia, and elsewhere, and the huge growth in the publication of and public appetite for dictionaries, glossaries, and guides to the distinctive vocabularies of different social groups, classes, districts, regions, and nations. Dr Coleman describes the origins of words and phrases and explores their history. By copious example she shows how they cast light on everyday life across the globe - from settlers in Canada and Australia and cockneys in London to gang-members in New York and soldiers fighting in the Boer and First World Wars - as well as on the operations of the narcotics trade and the entertainment business and the lives of those attending American colleges and British public schools. The slang lexicographers were a colourful bunch. Those featured in this book include spiritualists, aristocrats, socialists, journalists, psychiatrists, school-boys, criminals, hoboes, police officers, and a serial bigamist. One provided the inspiration for Robert Lewis Stevenson's Long John Silver. Another was allegedly killed by a pork pie. Julie Coleman's account will interest historians of language, crime, poverty, sexuality, and the criminal underworld. »
  2. Développement sur Barrère (Albert). Argot and slang pp. 39-49.


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